Former Pakistani cricketer sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by foreign court

A court in Netherlands has sentenced a former Pakistani cricketer to 12 years in jail. The name of this 37-year-old former international cricketer from Pakistan is Khalid Latif, who has been convicted of inciting people to kill an anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders.

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In fact, this former Pakistani cricketer Khalid Latif, through an online video, had announced to give 21,000 Euros (more than 18 lakh Indian rupees) for bringing the head of an anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders. For this reason he has been sentenced to this punishment.

In this case, the Netherlands court said, 37-year-old Khalid Latif – who lives in Pakistan, and has not attended any stage of the trial or been detained in the Netherlands – was charged with murder, treason and intimidation. Should be considered a provocateur.

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Prosecutors said Latif posted a video in 2018 offering a reward for Wilders’ murder. The video came after Wilders said he planned to hold a contest for cartoons depicting caricatures of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. This competition was later cancelled.

Khalid Latif’s cricketing career has also not been spotless. He was banned for five years from cricket for the spot-fixing scandal in 2017. Khalid Latif captained the Pakistan team in the 2010 Asian Games.

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Khalid had scored 147 runs in 5 international ODI matches for Pakistan at an average of 29.40. At the same time, he scored 237 runs in 13 T20 matches at an average of 21.54. However, he scored more than 8,000 runs in first-class cricket.

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